Religious Sights of Toledo, Toledo

Toledo’s religious places will come alive differently for artists and architects, musicians, sculptors and casual visitors, but each of them will be fascinated by picturesque churches, charming chapels and gorgeous cathedrals. Take this tour and see for yourself.
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Religious Sights of Toledo Map

Guide Name: Religious Sights of Toledo
Guide Location: USA » Toledo (See other walking tours in Toledo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.6 km
Author: AliceM
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Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral

1) Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral (must see)

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral is the mother church of the 163 parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Toledo. This cathedral is unique architecturally in that it was designed in the Spanish Plateresque style. It was designed with Toledo's Sister City, Toledo, Spain in mind. Finished in 1931, it was built in the spirit of the great European cathedrals of the Middle Ages.

The main facade has a single entry that is recessed in a barrel-vault arch framed by carved limestone details. Above the doorway is a statue of the Virgin Mary in a carved niche. Above the statue is a 28 ft (8.5 m) rose window with limestone tracery set into a larger arch. The window depicts scenes from the life of Mary and was financed through the donation of pennies by children throughout the diocese.

Framing the entry are two octagonal towers which bear carvings of Sts. Peter and Paul on either side of the rose window. Above the window, on the pediment, are the diocesan coat of arms. The entire facade is surmounted by a crucifix. A frieze which encircles the exterior depicts notable events in the history of the church.

The nave of the cathedral is topped by a barrel vault that is divided into seven bays and elaborately painted with figures from both the Old and New Testaments executed by artist Felix Lieftuchter.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most magnificent churches in North America. Spectacular architecture, decorations, and ambiance, comparable to some structures you can see in Italy or Spain.
You can take walking tours and many times members of the parish can tell you special stories about things in the cathedral.

Tip:
Plan on spending at least 30 minutes to explore the beauty of this edifice. There is no fee.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm; Sat: 4-5pm; Sun: 10am-11am
Sight description based on wikipedia
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First Congregational Church

2) First Congregational Church

First Congregational Church is the oldest parish, founded in Toledo in 1833. Therefore the church has historical importance in addition to spiritual. One of the most beautiful gems of the church is the collection of Early Renaissance stained glass windows. The major aim of the congregation is to worship God according to the New Testament. The church welcomes followers of Jesus Christ and all people with a steady pursuit of truth, who follow new traditions and wish to contribute on a spiritual level. Office hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Worship: Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
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St. Mark's Episcopal Church

3) St. Mark's Episcopal Church

St. Mark’s Episcopal Church congregation was formed in 1889 by a small group of Episcopalians. The Patron Saint of the church is Saint Mark, one of the Apostles of Christ, the historic author of the second Gospel. The church was built in ‘perpendicular Gothic’ style from plans by Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson, remarkable church architects. St. Mark’s church has two labyrinths. Community Labyrinth was opened in 2001. It’s a traditional seven-circuit labyrinth where you can take a walk whenever you want. The CrossRoads Labyrinth is situated on the third floor and it is accessible when the church is open. Walks through the labyrinths represent a kind of meditation, a form of prayer. St. Mark’s community helps the poor and marginalized. The church provides spiritual programs for those who want to find answers in their bodies, souls and minds by intellectual learning. Sunday services: 8:00 – 10:30 a.m.
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Ashland Avenue Baptist Church

4) Ashland Avenue Baptist Church

Ashland Ave Baptist Church is probably one of the most beautiful religious buildings in Toledo. It is a historical structure, protected by the state. The church was built in 1892. The pattern of the building is Romanesque, making it stand out among the others. Formerly there was a school in this building and then it was transformed into a church. The exterior of the church is astonishing. The interior is decorated by marble, stained glass windows with Holy Faces and painted ceilings. The church welcomes everyone who wants to praise God in worship.
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St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

5) St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is the second oldest Lutheran church in Toledo. It was founded on the 1st of September, 1857. The Patron Saint of the church is Saint Paul – one of the 12 Apostles; his epistles constitute a significant part of the New Testament. In 1982 St. Paul’s church celebrated its 125th birthday. On this occasion the social room of the church was renewed. This room is a space used for meetings, banquets and a place for fellowship before and after services of worship. In September 2007, the church celebrated its 150th Anniversary. St. Paul’s has a rich library with religious and non-religious material. The library is also used for visual presentations. Today you can study Bible at St. Paul’s on Sunday mornings. These lessons are for adults and for children of every grade level. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church welcomes everyone who wants to bring light into the world.
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Trinity Episcopal Church

6) Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Episcopal Church is a Christian church in Toledo. It is so named in honor of the Saint Trinity: God-Father, God-Son, and Holy Spirit. The two distinct styles of worship are offered: modern and classical. The liturgy at 10:00 a.m. is the church's assay-mark: it lasts an hour and a half and includes singing and sermon. The church welcomes you if you are searching for truth and justice, if you want to know more about God and if you are trying to understand the holy words of the Bible. Church members value the power of art and music, so they often organize art gatherings and concerts.
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St. Louis Catholic Church

7) St. Louis Catholic Church

Saint Louis Church is a Roman Catholic Church in Toledo and a non-profit organization. The Patron Saint of the church is King St. Louis IX - the only canonized French monarch, considered to be a model of a truly Christian king. The founder of Saint Louis Church is Rev. Robert Armstrong. He had a dream of helping the poor and underprivileged, which is why in 1981 St. Louis parishioners opened their doors. ‘Helping hands’ of St. Louis provides meals, clothes, shoes, blankets and a compassionate ear for those in need. It welcomes everybody regardless of eligibility, religious views or residency. Hours of operation: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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St. Mark Lutheran Church

8) St. Mark Lutheran Church

St. Mark Lutheran Church is a church in Toledo that provides worships in two different styles: a traditional singing of hymns at 8:30 a.m. with organ music and contemporary services at 10:45 a.m. led by a band and a praise choir. The church provides shelter to the homeless. It also has Sunday school for all ages and a Welcome Centre where you can always find somebody who will show you around the church or find information about church programs. Like all Christians, the parishioners of St. Mark are inspired by the Bible; they are happy to welcome everyone who wants to praise the word of God.
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Good Shepherd Catholic Church

9) Good Shepherd Catholic Church

Good Shepherd Church is a church in Toledo and a member of Emmaus Cluster with St. Louis and St. Thomas Aquinas churches. In 1872 many members of one church of Toledo lived on the east side of the river, while the church was on the west side. For those living on the east side, it was a problem to reach the church, so they launched a petition to Bishop Gilmour in order to obtain permission to organize a separate church. Permission was granted and the Good Shepherd Church was organized. The parish built the church as well as a school with a rectory. Good Shepherd Church is one of the most significant and representative religious buildings in the city. It has an original facade with a very unusual arrangement of its front Rose Window. The church welcomes everyone who wants to be closer to God. Opening hours are Sunday: 9 a.m.; Thursday: 7 p.m.

Walking Tours in Toledo, Ohio

Create Your Own Walk in Toledo

Create Your Own Walk in Toledo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Toledo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Art Galleries and Museums Tour in Toledo

Art Galleries and Museums Tour in Toledo

Toledo is a city with an impressive number of public art places, museums and local art galleries. Paintings, sculpture, glass art, ceramics and jewelry, wooden art items, graphics and much more. Every year the Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT) organizes an Art Walk through the galleries of the Arts Zone and Warehouse District in downtown Toledo. Get involved in this world of color splashes. Take the following walking tour - you won't regret it.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Old West End Historic Tour

Old West End Historic Tour

If you want to visit the place which has kept alive the spirit of fine 19th century architecture, to witness a life of glamor and elegance, and to experience the style and wealth of the mighty of this world, then the Old West End neighborhood in Toledo is your final destination. Go ahead and explore the living demonstration of style, grace and beauty!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Toledo for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Toledo has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Toledo, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.